Prince of Peace
1767 - 1851
good-looking soldier from improverished minor nobility, Manuel Godoy
rose to unofficially ruling Spain through his lover, Queen
his elevation through matronage, Godoy initially seemed good for
Spain as he tried to keep his country out of the war with revolutionary
bid for peace failed - and led to the war bankrupting Spain - as
did an attempt by Godoy to stop Louis
XVI being executed.
title Prince of Peace came in 1795 from his successful manouevrings
to get Spain out of the war of the First
was not averse to extra moneys coming his way and French bribery
won his support for an alliance against the Third
Coalition. While good for his pocket, the stand with France
lost Spain its powerful fleet after the disaster at Trafalgar.
also schemed with France about letting troops move against Portugal
and his loyalty to the Queen and King
Charles IV saw him exiled to France when Joseph
Bonaparte usurped the throne.
his later years an overweight Godoy still managed to have a hold
over Maria-Louisa and he had many mistresses.
died in poverty in Paris, unmourned in his homeland.